In the last week I have stumbled upon replacements for not one, but TWO of my favorite Surly brews that I’ve been missing dearly.
The first was Green Flash West Coast IPA at The Beermongers. This great place only has four or five beers on tap at a time, but they are always quality ones and like usual, this evening I was having a hard time deciding which one…first. Having been pleased with the Green Flash beers I’ve had in the past, and not one to shy away from an IPA, that one got the nod. However, it was with Mag’s assistance that I realized that both the taste and aroma were strikingly similar to Surly Furious. Hazzaah!
Fast forward a week when I decide to visit The Eastburn for their can’t-be-beat Tuesday deal: $2 pints all day. After a too-malty-for-me IPA at their main bar, I headed down the steps to their second bar, which carries a completely different set of beers. Once again I gave into my IPA infatuation, going for Bear Republic’s Fresh Hop IPA. The first sip tickled my brain, urging me to take another sip and another whiff. Low and behold, this IPA had the same odd but loveable tea characteristics I firmly associate with Surly Bitter Brewer. Score!
For all the wonderful beers I’ve found out here, I nearly cried with joy in finding these Surly substitutions. Like Bitter Brewer, the fresh hop is likely in waning supply but I’m hoping I’ll be able to find Green Flash IPA on a more consistent basis to feed my Furious cravings. Now if I could only find a Coffee Bender substitution…that’s probably dreaming a little too much, huh?